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Couple found dead in Irvine were homicide victims, police say

February 4, 2013 |  9:52 am

Detectives believe the man and woman found dead in the parking lot of an upscale condominium complex near UC Irvine were the victims of a double homicide, police said Monday.

The bodies of Keith Lawrence, 27, and fiancee Monica Quan, 28, were found with gunshot wounds in Lawrence’s parked car at about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said the couple recently moved into the building at 2100 Scholarship.

The victims were not college students, Engen said. Additional details on the victims were not available.

Witnesses did not hear the gunshots or call 911. A passerby called police after seeing Lawrence’s body slumped over in the car, police said.

Entry into the parking structure requires a key-code and there are security cameras throughout the complex, a resident said, adding that some spaces are allocated for overnight guests.

“We moved here because it was so safe — Irvine was the safest city in America,” said Sharon Smith, who has lived in the complex for a few years. “I guess like anywhere else, we're going to have a few incidents. ... Nobody worries about living here.”

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